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employees at the pentagon will go on furlough starting one week from today. that and a whole lot more to get into this morning on the "full-court press," which we will do. take your calls at 866-55-press. first, we get the latest today's current news update from lisa ferguson joining us from los angeles. hi, lisa. good morning. >> hey, bill. good morning, everyone. president obama inand vice president biden are attending the democratic governor's association this morning andbam obama willing talking about a variety of national issues about economic and trade issues between the two countries. later, vice president biden will join the two for lunch. biden is also continuing his big push for gun legislation. yesterday from connecticut, he told the nation things have change the 234d gun violence debate. it used to be politicians would not want to vote for it. now, they won't want to vote against them. >> that's a big change from the norm. al large group of democrats are getting ready to make gun legislation a big part of their 2014 platform. steve israel s
of cuts the pentagon will have to make, cuts he says will seriously undermine the military. susan mcginnis is in washington this morning. susan, good morning. >> good morning, anne-marie. the cuts are already happening. the pentagon is shrinking its presence in the persian gulf of aircraft carriers. it's par of that long list that secretary panetta that said these cuts are going to have to happen in the coming weeks all because congress cannot agree on an alternative to the budget cuts that are going to kick in as well as a 2013 budget. the "uss truman" was expected to pull out of norfolk tomorrow to head to the persian gulf but wednesday afternoon word came in the truman will stay in port to save money. >> playing the waiting game. it's not very nice not knowing when we're pulling out. >> the pentagon is carrying u.s. presence overseas ahead of $55 billion budget cuts that kick in march 1st. >> this is not a game. >> outgoing defense secretary leon panetta says congress's avoidance of finding cuts is seriously damage america. >> they would degrade our ability to respond to crises pr
into words and the the war afghanistan and he's allowing the pentagon and you have to remember when you're looking at the pentagon you are looking at an institution that has defined motor skills and a dinosaur. if you take the pentagon a long time to put something together all but obama has to do and i know it isn't this simple but i would look at the gorbachev experience. he came out of 1985 he gave the secret speech in 1986 denouncing afghanistan to his fellow bureau colleagues as a bleeding wound he had the moxie secretly tell shultz we were getting out that the military was going to get one year to turnaround and the wouldn't feel to. they announced a timetable and they were gone. we need to do something similar. they had their chances we had 11 commanders and afghanistan in 11 years take a look at thomas rex book the generals that devotes a lot of attention to this isn't a war we can be successful and the kind of military we have. there is no military that had ever been successful in the counterinsurgency where they have a sanctuary. not only did it have a sanctuary but in outlinin
aside this partisanship. the pentagon needs a seasoned leader to implement cuts. u.n. the 12 days since the filibuster not one single thing has changed. not one. yet republicans had to have their filibuster for make their pointless partisan point. they are children. the president's pick for treasury secretary will have a he'dier time. approved the nomination of jacob lew. the vote after a three-hour confirmation hearing with he was pressed just a little bit about working sat citigroup after the financial collapse. unlike the manufactured crisis of bengahzi neither republicans nor democrats have made a national issue about the shaky investments, bailouts that lew has seen. we're more squinting after the smallest sign of progress on the sequester. the the white house and the congress have until wednesday night to avert the cross the board cuts. to highlight those cuts president obama went to newport news shipbuilding but it's dependent on military spending that is due to be slashed this friday. >> obama: the reason why we're even thinking about the sequester is because people are rightly
. the pentagon later i quit the request to stop the march first defense cuts from becoming reality, but senate and house republicans have altogether different view. fox news chief legal correspondent has our report. >> republicans made a pair of big statements today. the house g.o.p. today passed a measure: the president dismissed to congress by april 1 a budget that balances in 10 years. increasingly frustrated that the solution to decades of deficit spending is more taxation. >> the president doesn't believe we have a spending problem. he believes spending causes economic growth. if that were true, the economy today would be thriving. it isn't thriving. washington has to deal with its spending problem. i watched him kick the can down the road, i have had enough of it. >> a day after they dismissed the suggestion to again postpone tens of billions of dollars of mandatory spending cuts and other departments blooming under what is sequestration the defense secretary renewed his dire warnings. >> my greatest concern today is that we are putting our national security at risk by lurching from bud
the stores in one particular indication. the first robbery we know happened here at pentagon city mall, very busy as we all know. the second in downtown frederick in the middle of the day. now police in both jurisdictions working together to solve these crimes. take a look at some surveillance video of the attack ha happened tuesday -- attack that happened tuesday. at 1:30 at colonial jewelers in downtown frederick. the men force the employees down, spray one with pepper spray, smash into the jewelry case and take off with rolex watches. at pentagon city four men ran inside a store, forcing two employees out of the shop. they smashed the glass case 20 times with a hammer and take off with 27 rings worth $128,000. >> very bold behavior. it's a crowded mall, 11:00 a.m. broad daylight, a very bold behavior. this is something we haven't seen in arlington for a while. >> reporter: the suspects both we're told used hammers during their attack. so that's one common theme that we're seeing here and they both had getaway cars. one leaving downtown frederick. one leaving and smashing through the arm g
on congress to take action to avoid those massive cuts to pentagon spending known as the sequester which kick in march 1st. if march can't pass a big bill, they ought to pass a small bill to delay the sequester for a few more months. house republicans led by john boehner immediately said no way. here we go again. the party of no opposing anything obama wants. we will tell you about that. also tell you the latest on drones and a lot more here on the full court press. but first, let's get the latest. lisa ferguson is here. well, she is not here. she is in los angeles with today's current news update. hi, lisa. good morning. >> close enough. los angeles, d.c. good morning, everyone. the president is in annapolis today after 10:00 this morning and atends the conference at the western annapolis hotel. vice president biden is swearing in john kerry as secretary at state from the state department and then later this evening, he is speaking at the house democratic issues conference in leesberg virginia. he will lay out a renewed plan for combatting climate change
, not just cutting the bloat in the pentagon budget so we don't have $500 hammers on a submarine, we're talking about saving money. my institute, the institute for policy studies, my colleague, marian pemberton has figured out we could save $200 billion just this year, not over ten years, in just the military side without doing anything that would put us at risk. >> what you have articulated is the progressive line on this which i am sympathetic to. but it is an austerian line. we're talking about raising taxes and cutting defense budget. what you're doing is diminishing the deficit and -- >> but actually the thing -- >> the military spending hurts our economy. >> in other words, this is basically -- what is so ironic about this is it kind of goes back to woodrow wilson, why are the fights so difficult or so vicious? because the stakes are so small. really in reality when you look at sequestration and we're talking about $85 billion this year, really only with $40 billion in real spending cuts, because of the way the budget operates with budget authority. you're looking at not a huge
for the department of defense, an estimated 700,000 would be furloughed for one day a week. according to the pentagon's chief budget officer robert hale, that would save between $4 and $5 billion. but it would all come out of people's paychecks. >> we feel we don't have any choice but to impose furloughs even though we would much prefer not to do it. frankly, this is within of the least -- the most distasteful tasks i have faced in my four years in this job. >> reporter: department of defense civilians run training range where navy pilots practice strafing runs. they manage the flow of supplies to troops in afghanistan, overhaul army tanks and provide medical care for everybody from wounded warriors to retirees. laying them off for one day a week would not cripple national defense, but it would, said jessica wright the pentagon's head of personnel, be an economic catastrophe for their families. >> if furloughs are enacted, civilians will experience a 20% decrease in their pay between late april and september. >> reporter: even then the pentagon would still have to find another $41 billion in savings
in farm subsidies and the pentagon budget, plus a minimum 30% tax on million- dollar incomes. republicans are expected to oppose the measure because of the tax increase. house speaker john boehner said the burden is on president obama to break the deadlock. >> the sequester, i don't like it and no one should like it, but the sequester is there because the president insisted that it be there. where is the president's plan to replace the sequester that he insisted upon? >> sreenivasan: white house officials warned that letting the across-the-board cuts take effect would be disastrous. for his part, the president traveled to decatur, georgia, selling his plan to make pre- school available to all four- year-olds. standing before a group of teachers, he joked that what works with pre-schoolers might work with congress. >> maybe we need to bring the teachers up... ( laughter ) you know, every once in a while have some quiet time. time out. ( laughter ) >> sreenivasan: if the sequester takes effect, it will mean $85 billion in spending reductions over the next seven months shared equally between
the car is gregg bergersen. he's a civilian analyst at the pentagon with one of the nation's highest security clearances. his companion is tai shen kuo, a spy for the people's republic of china. bergersen knew a secret that the chinese desperately wanted to know, and neither man knows that what they're about to do is being recorded by two cameras the fbi has concealed in their car. >> let you have the money. >> oh, oh. are you sure that that's okay? >> yeah, it's fine. >> welcome to 60 minutes on cnbc. i'm bob simon. in this edition, we turn our attention to some foreign intrigue. first, a story about a mysterious computer virus that struck an iranian nuclear plant. later, the report of how american agents hunted a notorious arms dealer. and finally, an account of a chinese-american spy trying to steal u.s. military secrets for china. we begin with the story of stuxnet, a computer virus considered to be the world's first destructive cyberweapon. it was launched several years ago against an iranian nuclear facility, almost certainly with some u.s. involvement. but as steve kroft repor
on capitol hill about benghazi before leaving the pentagon. >> that is right. he hadn't planned to. but the threats from some lawmakers to potentially hold up a vote on chuck hagel on panetta's replacement pressed the pentagon to have panetta go up on to capitol hill to testify before the senate armed services committee next thursday. that is the same day that the senate is expected to vote on hagel's nomination. meanwhile, secretary of state john kerry was sworn in today during a private ceremony on capitol hill. he made headlines telling the boston globe president obama picked him for the job a week before susan rice withdrew her name over the benghazi controversy, which is a different timeline of what we have known before now. bret? jennifer griffin, live from the state department. thank you. 17% of male marines say they will leave the corps if women move in combat positions. in the survey done before the pentagon announced women could serve in combat, male marines worried about being falsely accused of sexual harassment or assault. >>> still ahead, remembering a new york origin
. the confirmation vote fort next defense secretary was held up until the current pentagon chief agreed to answer questions about last september's terrorist attack in libya. today a senate panel got to question leon panetta, national security correspondent jennifer griffin tells us not everyone was satisfied with what they heard. >> based on time, distance and alertouldn't have gotten there on time. >> time, distance, the lack of an adequate warning, it takes hours to be able to respond. >> defense secretary leon panetta and joint chiefs chairman general martin dempsey explained why the military couldn't do more to save the lives of ambassador chris stevens, sean smith, tyrone woods and glenn dougherty in benghazi on september 11. >> united states military, as i've said, is not and frankly should not be a 911 service capable of arriving on the scene within minutes to every possible contingency around the world. >> republican senators weren't satisfied. >> did you know how long the attack was going to last, secretary panetta? >> no idea. >> well, it could have lasted for two days. any airplane lau
for their kids. >> today, pentagon officials said furloughs among their civilian employees would not start until late april. as for daycare -- >> how do you back up tens of thousands of parents will search for child care immediately >> look, whether that search begins on march 1 or in the near future, the impact on the economy and on people's lives is real. >> indeed, defense officials also said today especially if it did not start right away, not only will the jobs be furloughed, all civilian pay will be cut by 20%. one reason white house aides say they have the upper hand over speaker john boehner and the conservatives seem to agree. boehner had an op-ed blasting the president for not coming up with a solution. the republican declared the cuts will be deep writing a week from now, a dramatic new federal policy is set to go in to effect that threatens the u.s. national security. thousands of jobs and more. conservative journalist byron york responding to the op-ed noting that boehner has uncomfortable position. adding why would boehner adopt the democratic description of the cut as deep when it
? the pentagon. >> we're only a few weeks away from this. >> it doesn't make any political sense. >> it would be brutal for everybody. >> devastatiing effects on the economy. >> pushes us into a second recession, something so terri e terrible -- >> all right. settle down. >> they recognize that the sequester is a bad idea. >> i don't like the sequester. >> we see the republicans playing games. >> this is the wrong time for sequest sequestration. >> both sides are sort of okay with it. >> doing nothing is easier than doing something. >> republicans say cuts but no taxes. >> these cuts cost job. >> they don't even want to talk about it. >> who are the monsters who came up with the sequestration idea? >> guess what, they all support it. congress put it into place to force themselves to agree. >> dumbe esest blame game in washington. >>> it's time for another round of republican would you rather. we'll call this the sequester edition. today's question, would you rather go up against al qaeda or grover norquist? republican senator lindsey graham said al qaeda would love the defense cuts in the se
. at this hour, we are hearing that several people have been hurt. we'll bring you to the pentagon for the latest on this story, just ahead. >>> also breaking news ahead. the former mayor of new york, ed koch has died. he was 88 years old. a look at his legacy this morning. a controversial, combative, confrontational and brash mayor, and the people of new york city loved him. we'll tell you about that, straight ahead. christine. >>> and the first jobs report of 2013 released in an hour and a half. the numbers for you, what it means for the health of the economy and the jobs market. >> and the defense secretary nominee on the defensive. chuck hagel grilled on capitol hill. did he blow his shot to convince lawmakers that he's the right man for the job? >> friday, february 1st, and "starting point" begins right now. >>> welcome, everybody. breaking news, we start with. two people have died, several people wounded in explosion that has taken place outside the u.s. embassy in ankara, turkey. chris lawrence joins us from the pentagon. >> reporter: good morning, soledad. not much information right now.
this morning, warnings to pentagon workers about pay cuts and potential layoffs if congress fails to act on a looming budget deadline. the impact of this one could be pretty far reaching. >>> a new reason to study your credit card statements carefully. the sneaky hidden fees that could be costing you and how to avoid falling victim to them in the first place. >> that's a good way to get angry. look at your cell phone bill, your credit card bill, all those little things they tack on, you've got to call them out sometimes. >> if you call them and say what's this? sometimes they'll say, oops. >> oh, i'm sorry. how did that get on there? let me take that off. >> you've been paying $3 for four years? but we're not going to give your money back. >> we'll take care of it next month. so important advice coming up in that piece. >>> and later this half hour, he's among the most eligible bachelors on the planet. now it looks like prince harry has a new squeeze. hopefully not that snake. find out who she is coming up in "the skinny." he gets around though, man. plins harry doesn't say -- >> i've sa
that he loves medicaid and the pentagon announced yesterday, because of the sequester, it is ready to furlough 800,000 civilian pentagon employees around the world. that hurts! all of that and a whole lot more. but first let's find out what's really going on. lisa ferguson's got it. today's current news update. she joins us from los angeles. good morning lisa. >> good morning, bill. another light day for the president today. he's taking some meetings from the white house. first up is his usual daily briefing from the oval office. then he's meeting with his senior advisers and later this afternoon, president obama will record a radio interview with al sharpton joe madison and yolanda adams all in the oval office. >>> a surprising change coming from florida. governor rick scott has announced he will back medicare expansion in the state. president obama's affordable care act requires all states to expand their programs but many republican governors are against doing so with scott proval being one of the most outspoken. suddenly yesterday scott says he has reached a deal with the feds
or in the real world. >> reporter: the need is exploding. the pentagon's u.s. cyber command is drawing up plans to bring 4,000 new computer security experts onboard. homeland security secretary janet napolitano warns that the lack of experts nationwide is critical. >> it should be encrypted here and is not. >> reporter: the university of southern california is among a handful of the nation's colleges answering the call, preparing to offer a degree in cyber security. >> for whatever type of system that i'm going to develop for somebody i want to make sure that it's secure. >> in the past if your computer got attacked, maybe you were worried about slow start up speeds. now they can actually affect your livelihood. >> reporter: educators say it's essential to start building the cyber work force earlier in schools and colleges, preparing for one part of the economy everyone agrees is expanding as the cyber threat spreads. pete williams, nbc news, washington. >>> the man who has been on the forefront of fighting cyber attacks among other threats at the pentagon is weighing in on the grilling his lik
budget are causing changes in the military operation. the pentagon says it will reduce the naval presence sense in the persian gulf. the uss harry trumman to head to the gulf has been canceled. defense secretary leon panetta warns under the automatic cuts, pentagon workers could face additional cuts. >>> vice president joe biden choked up after speaking about the recent tragedy at sandy hook. >> when people tell me that you can't prevent these kinds of occurrences, that doesn't mean we can't do something to god forbid if it happens again, diminish the carnage. it matters. it matters. >> biden may have been made an emotional appeal to house democrats last night, urging them to support the oh bam in administration's gun control agenda as the vice president recounted specific examples of 1600 gun related deaths that december day to remind his audience as their obligation as lawmakers to act and on the political consequences of backing controversial gun legislation, biden argued, i promise you, times have changed. >>> this morning, the los angeles times is reporting that heads will roll at th
: take care, kelly. >> kelly: new concerns as the pentagon threatens to make big cuts, including pay cuts for our servicemen and women and what it it could mean for the strength of our military as outgoing secretary panetta says these cuts must be stopped. >> we've got to use this opportunity to express again my greatest concern, as secretary, frankly, one of the greatest security risks we are now facing as a nation, that this budget uncertainty could prompt the most significant readiness, military readiness crisis in more than a decade. . [ voice of dennis ] ...safe driving bonus check? every six months without an accident, allstate sends a check. ok. [ voice of dennis ] silence. are you in good hands? stacy: stay smart around the boat ramp. make sure you've got your partner behind to watch. kevin: there it is! (crunch!) ♪music announcer: buy a new tracker proteam 175 and get a free gift card. >> since we are now just weeks away from deep automatic cuts to federal spending, including the fed, there's no reason for that to happen. putting our fiscal house in order calls for a balanced
valor. our report tonight from our pentagon correspondent, jim miklaszewski. >> reporter: wedged deep into a valley surrounded by soaring mountains, combat outpost keating in eastern afghanistan was a death trap. for staff sergeant clint romesha, it was indefensible. >> every which direction you looked, you were looking straight up at the mountain. >> reporter: romesha and the other soldiers at c.o.p. keating were under constant attack. but in october 2009, the taliban launched the most ferocious assault ever. and unleashed a deadly downpour of fire like shooting fish in a barrel. >> 360 degrees, we were taking, you know, rpgs, machine gunfire, mortar fire was coming in. i mean, it was accurate. it was, you know, on target. it was pinning positions down. >> reporter: the americans were vastly outnumbered, nearly 400 to 52. in the first hour, three u.s. soldiers were killed. others pinned down by gunfire. and with no regard for his own life, romesha led five others on a rescue mission. >> it was going to be a knife fight, getting to where we were going. >> reporter: romesha took out an
with the televised moment from last night that just might live on forever. >>> the pentagon has created a new medal to award to those in uniform who contribute to the fight without ever serving in harm's way. it's called the distinguished warfare medal. it will be rewarded for extraordinary achievement in things like operating drones or taking part in cyber warfare. the pentagon wants to point out their contribution to the war effort is no less valid. the decoration would rank between the silver and bronze stars in terms of its significance. >>> well, it's one of the cruelest aspects of politics in the television age. no matter how well-crafted the content, no matter how thoughtful a person you are, it's the television moments, the superficial, purely visual moments that are often remembered forever instead. and that will certainly be the case with florida senator marco rubio's gop response last night. it was instantly branded the aqua lunge. some called it watergate when his mouth grew palpably dry and the water was just too far away to reach for it comfortably, so he reached for it as if he was u
. we'll be watching this one very closely. back to you. >> kim, thank you. >>> the pentagon made a big announcement as we headed into the weekend. it's putting the country's single largest weapons program on hold. all 51 of the pentagon's new f-35 fighter jets will be grounded following the discovery of a cracked turbine blade in one of the plane's engines. it's the second time in two weeks the government has had to pause the $396 billion weapons program. >>> trouble for another big program tonight. at this moment the most contaminated nuclear site in the country is leaking a mix of radioactive and toxic material into the soil. the waste is coming from old underground tanks in washington state's hanford nuclear reservation, a site that produced plutonium for the bombs dropped in world war ii. officials say the leak is not an immediate threat since it will likely take years for the chemicals to reach the groundwater. >>> when "nightly news" continues on this saturday, finding the next big breakthroughs in medicine. a new generation of scientists gets millions to make it happen. >>> the
talked about. the pentagon will be hit by this. that same set of polling far more americans would blame republicans if what they call the sequester kicks in. less than one third would hold the president accountable. still more than a week away, already it appears the writing is on the wall. civilian employees have been told by the pentagon they'll be placed on unpaid leave, at least one day a week. democrats are calling for congress to reconvene to deal with this mess. secretary of state john kerry is reminding his former colleagues that actions here at home do have global implications. >> it's often said that we cannot be strong at home if we're not strong in the world, but in these days of a looming budget sequester that everyone actually wants to avoid or most, we can't be strong in the world unless we are strong at home. my credibility as a diplomat to create order is strongest when america at last puts its own fiscal house in order and that has to be now. let's reach a responsible agreement that prevents these senseless cuts. >> senator marco rubio continues his week long trip to t
road for confirmation for the president's pick to head the pentagon. >>> also security. bomb sniffing dogs nay not be able to detect bombs afterall. does that mean millions of taxpayer dollars are going to waste? >>> and two reasons to celebrate. it's super bowl weekend. and our dear friend robin is there. >> oh, where are my manners? >>> good friday morning, everybody. i'm rob nelsen. >> and i'm sunny hostin. we start with several stories developing overnight. an emergency landing in portland, oregon. >> an alaska airlines flight was diverted after the pilot passed out in the cockpit. the plane was on its way to l.a. from seattle when the pilot lost consciousness. the plane landed safely. with 116 people on board. no word on what caused the pilot the pass out. >>> and passengers on a jetblue flight had camera phones roling when a blonde-haired woman was removed from the plane. the new york to san diego flight was diverted to denver and the woman was removed. the plane continued to southern california. >>> also overnight, the death toll is rising following an explosion in mexico city.
that judgment to history. >> chuck hagel and the battle for the pentagon. >> the good news is, for the first time in many years, republicans and democrats seem ready to tackle this problem together. >> the immigration problem. has somebody been reading exit polls? >> too many children are dying. too many children. >> also, the fight over -- over guns. >> law-abiding gun owners will not accept blame for the acts of violence or deranged criminals. >> the word on hillary in 2016. will she or won't she? >> i have no plans to run. >> thursday was not a good day for chuck hagel, president obama's choice to be his next offensive material. his old pal and fellow vietnam veteran john mccain jumped all over him for opposing the search --the surge in iraq. >> were you correct or not to say that the surge would be the month dangerous foreign policy blunder since vietnam? correct or incorrect? yes or no? are you going to answer the question? the question is, where you're right or wrong? that is a pretty straightforward question. i would like for you to answer whether you were right or wrong, and then you
faced changes in the military operations. the pentagon said it will reduce plans in the persian gulf. that would leave one carrier in the region. defense secretary leon panetta warns under the pentagon cuts, workers could face furloughs saying, quote, this is not a game. this is reality. >>> vice president joe biden made an emotional appeal to house democrats urging them to support the obama administration gun control administration. inviteden choked up while recounting sandy hook. and a somber tone turned emphatic, reminding his audience as of their obligations as lawmakers to act. >> when people tell me that you can't prevent these kinds of occurrences, that doesn't mean we can't do something to god forbid if it happens again, diminish the carnage. it matters. it matters. >> speaking to those worried about the political consequences and backing controversial gun legislation, biden argued, quote, i promise you times have changed. >>> new jersey governor chris christie is known for being direct. well, once, his response to a doctor offering an unsolicited opinion on his weight was ju
. but the biggest dollar impact is going to be as david and i were talk a moment ago the pentagon. the pentagon gets hit harder than domestic departments. >> so much of the dialogue is finger pointing. who do you this will get blamed? >> the blame for the sequester is ridiculous. the congress passed. the president signed it. they all own it. they all got it. >> that was the point. >> that was the point. both parties consenting adults, knew that they were designing something that was designed to be so bad that it produced a deal. it's just that they haven't been able to get to the deal. in terms of who is winning the message ordinarily, it's a little hard to say. president obama has got the high side. he won the election. the public tends to support if you lay out all of the policy positions support where he's coming from, taxing the rich. but the idea of cutting spending is a very popular idea and republicans are riding that at a moment. gwen: except this new pew research showed that people weren't much for anything. it was hard to know whether it was because they don't like the idea of a sequester
if the sequester were to take effect. pentagon officials, however, confirm that those furloughs would not begin until april at the earliest and that furloughed employees would be asked to miss one day of work per week for 22 weeks. the reality of sequestration is that it represents a very small portion of overall government spending, no matter how dramatic or how grim the president projects the consequences. fox news chief political correspondent carl cameron has our report. >> these cuts are not smart, not fair. >> six business days and counting to $85 billion in across-the-board federal spending reductions. defense bases in 8 percent cut and other agencies reduce spending five to 6%. as part of the over three and half trillion dollar federal budget for this year alone the $85 billion sequester cuts amount to a tiny slice. only just under two and a half%. government spending is average 20% of annual u.s. economic activity. even after the sequester cuts it will be 22% this year, 10 percent higher than the average for the last seven decades. government spending is still projected to rise substan
% of their pay for are up to five months. that is what the pentagon says will happen to workers iers if automatic spending cuts go into effect march 1. >>> the clock is ticking. just nine days until $85 billion in federal spending cuts could go into effect. today the pentagon say said if that happens the vast majority of its 800,000 civilian workers will is to be furlough. >> this is one of the least or the most the distasteful tasks i have faced in my four years in this job. >> reporter: the employees with lose one day of work each week for up to 22 weaks. a a lot of about 20% of their pay. military personal would be excepted but officials warned even though it is the civilian work force that will take the direct hit in their wallet. >> the associated furloughs with impact our war fighters, our veterans and family members in on told ways. >> reporter: lawmakers voted to delay the automatic spending cuts for two months. that just set up another deadline. if congress doesn't act by march 1, $85 million in spending cuts go into effect all at once. in addition to the pentagon cuts it would also mean
. >> shepard: secretary of defense leon panetta also warns the cuts with hit the pentagon especially hard. while a great deal of the money would come from military training units 000s of civilians could face big pay cuts and even layoffs. particularly in two states. jennifer griffin at the pentagon for us tonight. >> reporter: iif the deep budgt cuts go into effect in 8 days time the hardest hit states will be california and virginia. 17% of the defense cuts in virginia will likely fall on one community known as hampton roads. in fact, the human impact of the sequester on small businesses in this area, these businesses contract to the navy, it is already being felt. tom taylor owns a ship repair business near norfolk. some of his contracts with the navy are already in jeopardy. >> it is not like turning on a picket. you don't turn it on and turn it off. if it is canceled these things are are months or years in the planning stage. if they are canceled they don't come right back, you know. so that is pretty alarming. >> i want to know when am i looking dark am i getting laid off in march or
without pay and that will hurt. our pentagon correspondent has more. tell us what is going on, barbara. >> reporter: well, you know, wolf, we have been hearing this fancy washington word, sequester for weeks now. but now the reality is hitting hundreds of thousands of defense department workers facing a smaller paycheck. maintaining fighting jets and war ships at the ready. providing care at military hospitals. crucial military functions don't by some 800,000 civilian workers. now, the pentagon has told congress these workers will be forced to stay home one day a week, without pay, if mandatory spending cuts are not averted. >> everybody is waiting to hear. it has definitely become the new, what i call the new "f" word here is furlough. >> reporter: for many, it will be defense cuts, he is already making plans. >> i'll pay the core bills, the mortgage and the utilities and then you live on what is left. >> reporter: the head of the government worker's union says his people have already suffered. >> already these employees have suffered a 27-month pay freeze. now, a 20% pay cut. >> repo
. and that is the good news but it could have really gone terribly wrong. the first robbery happened here at pentagon city mall, very busy as we all know. the second, the very busy downtown frederick. now police in both jurisdictions are working together to try to solve these crimes and quickly. take a look at surveillance video of tuesday's robbery, 1:30 in the afternoon at colonial jewelers in downtown frederick. three men run into the store, force employees down to the floor at gunpoint. spray others with pepper spray and then smash into the jewelry case. over at zales in pentagon city monday, four men run two employees out of the shop, smash the glass case, and take off with $127,000 worth of rings. >> very bold behavior. a crowded mall, 11:00 a.m. broad daylight, very bold behavior. this is something we haven't seen in arlington for a while. >> reporter: very bold behavior. they haven't seen it in a while so they'll work very hard to try to get to the bottom of this before it happens again. you can imagine that other jewelry store owners and employees are on edge after seeing this incredible vid
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